Opponents of gay history law likely to fail

Wed. October 12, 2011 3:31 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

Sacramento, Calif. - Opponents of California's new law requiring public schools to teach students about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history will probably miss a Wednesday deadline to put the issue before the voters.

Opponents said they were several thousand signatures short and were hitting the streets for one last push. They need 504,760 signatures to make it on to the next ballot.

"It's very difficult without paid signature gatherers. But the ground swell is so great, it's actually possible that we just might make it," Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute told the Christian Broadcasting Network.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 48 into law in July. It adds LGBT history to a long list of historical movements that students must study, which already includes African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Asian-Americans, entrepreneurs and union members.

Conservatives argue that politicians need to be focusing on finding money to pay for school books, not worrying about what's in those books.

"SB 48 costs too much and goes to far," said Stop SB 48 on their website. "The bill undermines family, community, and responsibility by diverting school resources from academic pursuits to promote the political agenda of bisexuals, transgender individuals, and homosexuals. It uses all social science curriculum, including history books and other instructional materials, to teach children as young as five not only to accept but also to endorse transgenderism, bisexuality, and homosexuality, looking to individuals with these lifestyles as models and viewing their sexual lifestyles positively."